There's something about the power of a location that really sets a shoot apart. I've written about it before, but it bears repeating: location is one of the most powerful tools of strong portrait photography. Of course, there's a time and place for having a subject against a clean white wall, and I'm not knocking that. I just find environmental portraiture to take on another level of storytelling that I think is difficult in any other photography.
That's why I was beyond ecstatic to get together with Jeremy Stanton of Barrel Beard and Tattoo for another shoot. You may remember that we shot together a few months back in downtown St. Louis. We both enjoyed the shoot and decided that we'd like to work together again. So, Jeremy recently sent me a message inviting me out to Collinsville, his hometown, for a shoot in his new space. Although under development, it offered some of the most incredible aesthetic conditions for Jeremy's brand and I was happy to put together a few portraits of him in the space.
Altogether, we shot in a couple spaces, including at the neighboring motorcycle shop, Evolution Cycles. With classic rock and metal on in the background, we got to work putting together some images that I think will serve Jeremy's brand well. Check out some of my favorite images below and don't forget to give Jeremy's and Evolution Cycle's brands on Instagram.